ucd beat nui galway in collingwood cup final

27 February 2009

UCD won the Collingwood Cup Final today beating NUI Galway 1-0. UL won the Farquhar Caup and Mary I won the Spillane Cup.


ROBBIE Creevy who plays his club football with Shamrock Rovers scored the golden goal that won UCD the Collingwood Cup, Irish Universities soccer championships at the Mardyke in Cork on Friday.

UCD chalked up their second Collingwood triumph in three years when they beat Galway to confirm their tag as pre-tournament favourities in this year's inter-varsity series in the southern capital.


The Students last won the title back in 2007 when DCU hosted the week-long football festival and next year the University of Ulster at Jordanstown will stage the event in Belfast.


Galway who last won the title over a decade ago and played one less game than UCD after receiving a first round bye felt hard done by the end.


They had genuine claims for a penalty waved away with 20 minutes to go and then seven minutes for time they had 60th minute substitute Eoin Duffy sent off on a second yellow by Cork match official Gene Stephens.


UCD had the benefit of an early goal when young striker Creevy saw a delicate 25-yard chip float up and over Galway 'keeper Jonathan Burke and dip into the net just under the crossbar.


It was a superb goal in it's creation and it's execution on an afternoon when UCD's Tralee-born midfielder, John Dineen won the Ford sponsored man-of-the-match award.


UCD's Dave McMillian had a stinging drive parried away by Burke on the half hour but the Tribesmen were unlucky not to draw level just before half-time when UCD's substitute Jack Doyle took Michael Creane's goalbound effort off the line.


That was in the 42nd minute and Doyle had only come on minutes earlier for full-back Brian O'Reilly who was concussed after a clash of heads.


Despite UCD's early lead, the expected goals glut never materialised against a Galway side who played their best football of the week and conceded their one and only goal from play in the tournament.


McMillian went close to a second goal for the champions when he won the race for possession with Burke but his lob carried over and then in the dying minutes Sean Geoghegan clipped another good effort just over the bar.


UCD (4-4-2) - C. Burke; O'Reilly, Keaveney, Leahy, Lehane; Roche, Dineen, Creevy, McMahon; McMillian, Wilson.
Subs. Doyle for O'Reilly (injured/concussed 30 mins), Whelan for Wilson (76 mins), Geoghegan for Roche (82 mins), P. Burke, O'Toole, McFlynn & McGroarty (not used)
NUI Galway (4-4-2) - Burke; Larkin, S. Conneely, M. Conneely, Minogue; Dunne, Collins-Smyth, Browne, Creane; Gilmore, Flaherty.
Subs. Cheevers for Dunne (55 mins), Gavin & Duffy for Flaherty & Collins-Smyth (both 60 mins), Corrigan, Bluett, Preston-Kelly & Dunworth (not used)
Referee: Gene Stephens (Cork)


There was a double for Limerick in the morning games with the University of Limerick winning the Bishop Farquhar Cup with a 2-0 win over the host college UCC.


Skipper Brian Cleary and Gavin Roche scored the goals after two defensive howlers by the home team.


Noel O'Connor's Mary Immaculate College won the Prof. William J. Spillane Cup final with a 1-0 win over ten-man NUI Maynooth thanks to a 75th minute goal by Thomas 'Toss' O'Shea.


The Limerick boys had a first half penalty from Sean Gavin saved by Ronan Smyth before team captain Daniel O'Flynn accepted the cup on behalf of his team-mates.


*Bishop Anthony Farquhar, the Auxillary Bishop of Down and Connor and known throughout inter-varsity soccer as the "footballing bishop" was presented with an inscribed piece of Waterford glass by IUFU vice-chairman, Kieran Dowd of Cork to mark the 25th anniversary of his episcopal ordination.

Collingwood Cup - Final
Kick Off: Friday 27th February 2009 at 14:30
Location: The Mardyke, UCC, Cork
Teams: University College Dublin 1 vs NUI Galway 0
UCD Scorer: Robbie Creavey

Farquhar Cup - Final
Kick Off: Friday 27th February 2009 at 11:00
Location: The Farm, Bishopstown, Cork
Teams: University of Limerick 2 vs University College Cork 0
UL Scorers: Brian Cleary and Gavin Roche

Spillane Cup - Final
Kick Off: Friday 27th February 2009 at 10:45
Location: The Farm, Bishopstown, Cork
Teams: Mary Immaculate College 1 vs NUI Maynooth 0
MIC Scorer: Tomas O'Shea




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